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{Blog Tour} Black Satin (Pretty in Black #2) by Rae Hachton: Review, Guest Post and Giveaway!

 
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Welcome to Mother/Gamer/Writer for the Black Satin Blog Tour. Join us today as Heather reviews Black Satin, and don’t forget to check out the awesome Tour Wide Giveaway!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Overview:

Marcus Marble has disappeared from Ellie’s life, and she needs answers to questions and he’s the only one who can answer them. How is her sister back from the dead, and why is Ellie still alive? When Ellie realizes Marcus isn’t coming back, she is forced to move on with her life the best way she can, in hopes of finding the answers herself, but when people at school begin to be viciously murdered, and Giles reveals to her a life changing secret, she decides to investigate the possible truth of it. What she discovers is more than she thought she would. The only time Ellie feels normal is when she’s around Walter, the new guy at school. And normal is how she wants to feel, now that Marcus is gone from her life. But Walter may not be all that he seems, either, and she just might spiral in to an even more dark world, she never thought possible. And when it occurs to her that Marcus has made the decision to pass on through to the afterlife, during the Risorgimento, she races against time to stop him, while knowing she has feelings for Walter, too.
Will she make it in time to stop Marcus from passing through, and if she does, what will she tell Walter? Her heart will have to make the final decision. But will the choice be worth dying for?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My Thoughts on Black Satin:

 

Black Satin is the second book in the Pretty in Black line by Rae Hachton. As always with a second book in the series, y’all know I’m going to point you toward the first book. It’s difficult to explain, and give an in depth review without spoilers, so please go check out Pretty in Black first!

 
Onto the review!
 

Black Satin begins in a rather unique way, so for anyone who hasn’t read the first book, you can follow along, for awhile. Eventually you’ll have questions that can only be fully answered by reading the first book. It begins with a replay of the key events, but it’s from Marcus’ point of view. Ingenious!
 

Eventually we meet back up with the lovely Ellie. She quickly realizes that when she told Marcus she wanted her family back that it wasn’t what she truly wanted, no it wasn’t what her heart wanted. But it’s too late, and Marcus has left her as he plans to walk through to be reborn. Of course Ellie has no clue what is going on, and desperately tries to find him.
 

However, her ex-boyfriend starts making threats about how he remembers her sister dying, and the new guy at school, Walter, steps in to save the day. Ellie quickly realizes that she has strong feelings for Walter, the same feelings she has for Marcus. It becomes harder and harder for her to choose, even after he saves her life from a ripper who had already claimed the lives of two classmates.
 

Does Ellie have the strength to make the choice, knowing it will be final? Does Marcus pass through? Honestly folks, there is so much going on that what I’ve covered is a small tidbit, a tiny morsel, of the evolving story of not only Ellie and Marcus, but more in-depth with the Corvidae hunters, the gargoyles, and let’s not forget the Evermores. With that being said, this is a highly recommended darker young adult read, and author to follow. While it’s yet to be seen if Ellie with have a “Happily Ever After”, it’s clear that the choices she makes will not make it easier for her obtain. I really like that message, because love isn’t easy and neither is life. Bravo!
 

 

My Rating

4.5 out of 5 Controllers

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Writing Gothic Fiction: Incorporating Research into a Novel:

 

 
I wish I could provide some enlightening information on how to incorporate research into a novel, or about how I created and wrote my characters and the Gothic world that surrounds them, but in all honesty, I did not sit down and research anything about either book. Mostly, everything that happens in the story just came naturally to me. From the moonflowers [because they are a personal favorite of mine] to the Gargoyles, and the evermore creations.
 
However, I probably read more non-fiction than I do fiction. Over the years, I’ve devoured books on vampires, ravens, mythology, steampunk, and books on the Gothic lifestyle [which is actually a really interesting subject because there’s so many different types of goth, and it doesn’t involve wearing all black and being moody.]
 
The Gothic atmosphere more than likely came natural to me because I am what would be considered, goth.
 
So, my research for this book, really was, more or less, small things adapted from my real life [such as a love for moonflowers, Edgar Allan Poe, violin music, hanging out in cemeteries, and The Raveonettes music] and things I remembered reading about ravens, mythology, and vampires.
 
I think the easiest way to incorporate research into a novel is, don’t try to over think it or look too hard for it. It’s right there in front of you. Ideas, Inspiration, and setting. Of course, some things may have to be Googled on a whim, and I had to do a fast check on a couple of things myself, but I didn’t spend a lot of time researching.
 
I just had a vision: I wanted to write a Gothic book, but I wanted it to be Gothic Romanticism. My characters aren’t necessarily “Goth” per se: Ellie loves Edgar Allan Poe and a few dark things, and Marcus is a tragic romantic hero, inspired by Shakespeare. He is elegant in both his dress and mannerism, and hanging out in cemeteries is something he rather enjoys.
 
Pretty in Black romanticizes the idea of death.
 
I mixed that variously with paranormal elements, Victorian structures, and a little steampunk flare in book two, and tossed in a little horror for good measure.
 
The Gargoyles found their way into my story because I have a deep love for them, and they weren’t being used that often in stories. When writing the third draft of Black Satin one night, I turned around to my shelf and there set my Gargoyle collection and then a little bell in my head went off. Ding, ding, ding. Gargoyle shape-shifters.
 
And While I do like vampires, they are getting a little bit over-used. Evermores aren’t vampires, but they are similar to them in some ways. The similarity exists primarily so that readers can easily identify and adapt the concept of the raven/crow shape-shifters. Without that parallelism, it might be a more difficult concept to fully grasp. But they aren’t vampires.
 
And of course there is a touch of magical-realism or surrealism that also occurs throughout the novel such as the more blue than green grass that Ellie lays in when she is first taken to Nevermore, the purple apple tree with green branches that produces apples that taste like warm apple-pie, and the walking-talking skeleton butler named Horace. All of which are things from my own imagination.
 
I am a lover or words. It’s probably more like an obsession. I collect them. I love mixing languages as well. Two of my favorite languages are French and Italian. I love archaic words and the European spelling of certain words. All of this can be found within the pages of my novels.
 
Language is extremely important to me, and I like manipulating it. I spend a lot of time choosing exactly the right word. For the Pretty in Black series, I interchange terms such as Leapt instead of Leaped.
 
I also go for the older spelling of a word, if possible, because it fits the story. Marcus and a lot of the others have been around for much longer than the humans, therefore this should be depicted stylistically throughout.
 
That’s just a little of what went into the creation of Pretty in Black.
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About the Author:

Rae Hachton [pronounced H-ton] is the nom de plume of author Desirae Hennington. She is the Indie Author of the Gothic Romance series Pretty in Black. She is twenty-three years old and lives with her Muse and her Ghost. When she is not composing new novels, she is working on her cinematography studies, and devouring YA books. Her favorite band is The Raveonettes, and she is a major fan of Edgar Allan Poe and Ravens and Crows. Although she is writing Gothic Fiction at the moment, her favorite genre of all time is Contemporary YA. Favorite contemporary book: tie between Forever by Judy Blume and the Summer I turned Pretty series by Jenny Han. Favorite author: David Levithan. If Rae Hachton wasn't writing, she'd give it one last shot at being kewl, and probably start a band.

 

 

 

 

 
 

 

 

 
 

 

 

 
 

 

 

 
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